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M Mehta
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Hi All,

I love to have my own copy of books. Mostly hard copies and some e-books as well. I feel if you have your own copy of book you ready it someday or other .. whole book or some parts.. Some of technology books I have are ..

Head First Design Patters
Spring In Action
Hibernate in Action
Camel in Action
Java Threads
Effective Java
Complete Reference of Maven

I am a java/jeee professional. Can you please list the books a tech person must have?
 
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Dune
 
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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Imagine - Jonah Lehrer
 
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Bob Reardon wrote:The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


Hitchhikers++

Mythical Man Month, Brooks
The Art of Computer Science, Knuth
jQuery in Action, Second Edition by Bear Bibeault
 
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Being somewhat old-school (read just plain old), I tend to have tomes on my office bookshelf that I have read and lend a certain gravitas, even though I probably will never read them again.

1. GoF, Design Patterns (of course)
2. Fowler, Refactoring
3. Grand, Patterns in Java, vol. 1 (vol.2 was crap)
4. Steel, Core Security Patterns
5. Schneir, Applied Cryptography (actually, I never slogged all the way through this one)

The books actually open on my desk reflect what I need to know right now, so +1 to jQuery In Action, a reference guide to Jasper, and also a pocket guide to SQL. I can never remember that dratted SQL syntax.
 
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Greg Charles wrote:
1. GoF, Design Patterns (of course)


I really dislike this book. It has not aged well. About all anyone remembers from reading it is that singletons are great. This is not true. Singletons are evil.
Singletons ruin good design.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:
Greg Charles wrote:
1. GoF, Design Patterns (of course)


I really dislike this book. It has not aged well. About all anyone remembers from reading it is that singletons are great. This is not true. Singletons are evil.
Singletons ruin good design.


Interesting. I didn't even remember Singleton being in the book, but there it on page 127. The Gang doesn't really take a position on the great vs. evil issue though, other than including it in the book I guess. The ones I remember particularly from GoF are Decorator, Facade, Chain of Responsibility, and Iterator. Also Flyweight, but mostly because I just couldn't see the point of that one, and it bothered me for a while. I've gotten a fair amount of use from the others over the years.

So, did a Singleton shoot your pa? I've set up a soapbox here, and I'd really like to hear the details!
 
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Good list so far... Also I am looking for a good book on design patterns.. HF is good , but want to read more so can apply design patterns in real time when designing..
 
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Greg Charles wrote:5. Schneir, Applied Cryptography (actually, I never slogged all the way through this one)


Nit alert: its Schneier

More importantly, this is a reference book, not a novel or other book that you are supposed to read from start to the end. You are supposed to read the first few chapters carefully, and then skim the rest. Later on, you then know which chapters have the information you need.

Sadly, the field of cryptography is huge, and this book, while necessary, is not sufficient. It is really easy to read a reference like this, and then run off and implement security for a system. It will be weak, not because Bruce is wrong, but because its trivially easy to miss a tiny detail and put holes like swiss cheese in the system.
 
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a brief history of time - stephen hawking

great expectations - charles dickens

Julius Caesar - Shakespeare
 
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"The Dilbert Principle", Scott Adams.
 
M Mehta
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Vishal Shaw wrote:a brief history of time - stephen hawking

great expectations - charles dickens

Julius Caesar - Shakespeare


I have a brief history of time - stephen hawking as well
 
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M Mehta wrote:Can you please list the books a tech person must have?

The definitive guide to must have books for the modern day techie v 42.
 
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I have a book on beginning Visual Basic 6 programming. I don't use it anymore, but I cannot find any books on concluding Visual Basic 6 programming.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:
Bob Reardon wrote:The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


Hitchhikers++

Mythical Man Month, Brooks++



pride and prejudice- jane austin

long dark teatime of the soul - douglas adams

and i feel as if i should have something computing

C - K&R
 
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Wendy Gibbons wrote:


pride and prejudice- jane austin



I recommend the updated version:

http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Heirloom-Classics/dp/1594744513/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350662230&sr=8-1&keywords=Pride+Prejudice+and+zombies
 
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Zombies! That's certainly an improvement to just about anything.

Reminds me of a really funny campaign the Association of librarians did in our country some time ago:



The print on the bookmarks says "Read it before Hollywood does".

Source (mildly NSFW probably)
 
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Don't forget Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development by Craig Larman.
 
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Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal (The inspiring stories of 25 IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose to tread a path of their own making.)
 
Kathleen Angeles
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someone nice uploaded to the web my #1 must have book.

it is called google.com
 
Tushar Bhaware
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Here is my list
head first java
head first servlet and jsp
SCJP
above all by Kathy and bert bates.

Struts 2.0 in action and Spring in action
 
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I like Head First series.
 
Kaustubh G Sharma
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playboy i guess :P
 
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Kaustubh G Sharma wrote:playboy i guess :P

I can have on online pdf, that stays well hidden from bad world!
The only book that I remember having ever read is Kathy and Bert's SCJP 6 Guide. All other books that I purchased, I never grazed past first page of first chapter!

Edit: And by "pdf", I never meant "Aspose PDF file manipulation tools"
 
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Kathleen Angeles wrote:

someone nice uploaded to the web my #1 must have book.

it is called google.com


I concur with you
 
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